Monday, May 28, 2012

1977 Parade of Homes

In 1977, twelve Ottawa builders got together and created a parade of 17 homes in Barrhaven. Both large builders and smaller custom builders showcased the best of their designs. While some of the designs were built in great numbers elsewhere in the city, some of the houses are one-of-a-kind.
Below are a series of pages from the brochure that was published for the parade.

Aside from the two built for the Parade of Homes (the plans above and below), one other pair was built On Westcliffe Road in Bell's Corners, in between two other pairs of similar-styled houses.

Here is the pair built for the Parade of Homes. The left house has turned the garage into a room.
This design was actually built en-masse in Bridlewood (Kanata).
Campeau built this design in Rolling Meadows (Barrhaven) and Katimavik (Kanata). I am a fan of the brick fins around the windows.
Campeau also built this design in Rolling Meadows (Barrhaven) and Katimavik (Kanata).
The Courtney model in the parade now has a substantial addition over the garage. The addition was done in a way that it matches the existing house perfectly.
This design with its great conversation pit was built in Convent Glen (Orleans).
The Holitzner addition into the parade is one of the most traditionally-styled of the bunch.
Too bad they didn't include a plan for this house. I think it was the only one of its kind built.
This is the only time I have ever seen mention of this builder. I like the contemporary lines of the design. 
Minto built this plan in Barrhaven Common and Orleans Wood.
Likewise, Minto built this plan in Barrhaven Common and Orleans Wood.
This centre-hall plan has a very traditional feel. The 1970s signalled a time where the movement in suburban housing design started to move away from modernism and towards a traditional revival of styles popular into the 1980s.
This design by Tartan is strikingly modern in comparison to the plan above. A whole area of these designs were actually built a few streets away from the parade street.
I LOVE this design. The skylights in the basement are a great idea - seen at the back of the house. Although I am not sure how well they have dealt with snow pile-up in the winter. It is a shame that they only built the one house. 
Another design that does not have a floor plan in the brochure. I do like the fa├žade, though.
This plan was built in the Katimavik area of Kanata.

I hope you enjoyed this retrospective tour 35 years after the parade of homes was first built!

Extra plans!

While not built as a part of the Parade of Homes, these link-home plans built by Perez are adjacent to the Parade homes. I really like their designs, so I have also included them. Similar plans were also built in Trend Village.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fifty feet of floor plans!

I was admiring my floor plan collection over the long weekend and I wondered how high the pile would be if I laid each plan flat, one on top of the other. The answer: 50 feet! And that is not including the 4 feet worth of floor plan books and all of the digital files of scanned plans I have - probably another 4 feet. In addition, I have about 2 feet worth of my own floor plans which I have been drawing as a hobby for the past 20 years. So, really it is close to 60 feet worth of floor plans. That is roughly as tall as the Central Chambers building at the corner of Elgin Street and Queen Street.

That is a lot of floor plans! But I love them and am constantly on the hunt to find more. If you know of anyone who has floor plans from the 1980s or older that they want to donate to my collection (or at least let me make copies) - please let me know!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Favourite Plans - Blackburn Hamlet & Orleans

 I did not forget you east enders! This latest instalment of my favourite (and most interesting) plans will focus on Blackburn Hamlet and Orleans.

Blackburn Hamlet:
This plan has a uniquely located family room facing the front, which does allow for a bedroom on the ground level behind the garage - which is where the family room is usually located with these designs.

This design has a master bedroom suite on a level all to its own.

We have all heard that "it is not the size that matters, it is how you use it". Well, in this case, this house is all about the size AND how it is used. Check out the size of the family room at 26'8 x 13'2. It is huge!

Just when you thought the family room in the Crimson King was huge, this plan up sizes the room to  27' x 13'3. A couple of inches can make a difference!

I love the squarish and simple footprint of this house. 

If you have ever ventured down Compata Way in Blackburn Hamlet, you would have seen the very unique houses that make up this cluster. Both the exteriors and the plans of the houses are very unusual.

I clearly have a thing for large rooms. This 24'9 x 11'4 living room is unusually large for the size of the house. I much prefer this type of layout with fewer, but larger rooms, versus having a lot of small rooms.

If the bedroom wing if this house reminds you of a mobile home - then you would be right! This is just one of the factory-produced houses built in Queenswood Heights in the early 1970s.

You may know Alcan for their aluminium foil...but did you know that they used to build houses? What a curious combination. These were also built in Queenswood Heights.

In Queenswood Heights South, Minto built a series of high-ranch houses with a small footprint. Two of the plans have the master bedroom on the main level and the other bedrooms one floor below. These two designs are like semi-detached houses, but only linked by the carport.

I really like this high-ranch design with the garage and den on the entry level.

In 1978, Campeau built a limited number of houses in Chatelaine Village, which have very traditional exteriors reminiscent of European houses. I have included this plan because of its 32-foot long master bedroom, which narrows to 8'9 at the back.
OK, so I am cheating a bit again. The next 2 plans are from the 1980s, but they are great plans, and they do capture some of the spirit of the mid-century. The sunken room and indoor planter in the plan below just scream mid-century modern!

This plan also has an optional planter box. I wonder how many people actually chose this option? Too bad they fell out of fashion - I think they are fantastic!

This plan is also from the early 1980s - but it is such a neat design that I just had to share. My favourite feature of this house is the living room with windows on 3 sides.

The Mastercraft Mystery:

I will leave off with a mystery, that maybe one of my readers can solve for me. In 1978, Mastercraft Homes built just 11 houses in Chatelaine Village. They had a variety of unique designs, so it seems odd that they built so few. Does anyone know if that was all they set out to build?
Below are 3 of my favourite plans that they built.


By request in the comments section, here is the Knotty Pine plan in Blackburn Hamlet:

And the Poplar:

The Walnut
The Blue Spruce (B62)